The cooler fall temperatures may be moving in, but we’re thinking warm thoughts and warm tones, like the “Light Havana” shade of Danielle’s Illesteva Toohey frames. Designed in New York and handmade in Italy, these acetate frames feature a keyhole bridge, gradient lenses and Illesteva’s signature I-studded temples. The super round sunglasses fit perfectly on Danielle’s face, wrapping around the top of her nose and sitting off – and not pressed up against – her cheeks.
Danielle picked up these frames at the Illesteva store in SoHo. “I didn’t know much about the brand before I went in,” she told us, “but as soon as I saw these glasses I knew they were a perfect fit for my personality and style.”
Morgan Bogle is the founder of accessories label, Freedom of Animals, which is known for their luxe collection of sustainably-made and cruelty-free bags. We spotted Morgan carrying the label’s “Boromo” circle bag in New York. The bag is made from a vegetable-dyed, faux-snakeskin. Morgan finished off her look in Illesteva “Leonard 2” sunglasses, which feature a “Half/Half” colorway of black and tortoise. The shades were given to Morgan as a birthday present and she found that the shape worked well with her square jaw. Eyewear is all about contrasts, so the super round shape of these Illesteva frames definitely suit someone with a square face, by drawing attention to the eyes and balancing out the proportions. We love the whole look here – and we love Morgan’s bag line as well. For more about Freedom of Animals, check out freedomofanimals.com.
We photographed Business of Fashion founder Imran Amed in these Illesteva sunglasses during Paris Fashion Week last fall (The New York Times photographed him the same day for a feature in their Sunday Styles section). For Imran, who was born in Canada but has lived in South Africa, Australia and, most recently, the UK, his choice of eyewear reflects his love for design as much as his diverse travels. These Illesteva frames hit the mark on both counts.
Dubbed the “Leonard,” these rounded frames are a signature silhouette for Illesteva, and combine a retro-inspired shape with a cosmopolitan flair. Designed in New York and handmade in Italy, the acetate frames are luxurious yet casual and urban at the same time. We love the “matte tortoise” colorway, that almost looks like animal print. The matte finish tones down the look, making the sunglasses an easy pair to wear every day. The frames are finished off with a classic keyhole bridge, slightly wider temples and metal rivet detailing at the corners. Smart and fun, they’re the perfect pair for Imran, no matter what he’s wearing, or where he’s headed to next.
We were lucky to catch Sacha’s matte black sunglasses from CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Illesteva during a brief return home from New York. Sacha came across Illesteva through her work on educational initiatives at the CFDA. Her glasses fit perfectly with her winter outfit, and the nice pop of colour from her PS1.